Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Thrifty Tuesday

Overall the last few days have been ones of working in the garden. I have spent time getting the last of the beans in as well as the last of the peas. Considering the rather dry weather we have had this summer I am quite happy with what I have managed to get into the freezer for this coming winter.

Still working on the cherries. I am finished making jam, and have moved on to dehydrating.

Washing and pitting them take a long time.

Once they are in the dehydrator I can forget about them for awhile. Once dry I store them in an air tight bag and use the dried cherries as I would raisins. Dried cherries are very expensive here and so anything I can do to reduce that cost makes me happy.

Harvey has picked a bunch of dill from the garden and he wants me to collect the dill seed and try my hand at making my own dill weed. This is going to take some research on my part, but if he is willing to try and save a few bucks here and there I am more than willing to give it a try. It has taken him awhile to get on board and I am not going to rock the boat!!!

I think what made him a bit more conscious of trying to save money on groceries is a documentary he watched a couple of weeks ago. He was quite shocked that there are seniors who just can not afford to eat meat anymore. While he knew the price of beef, pork and chicken was rising he never thought that it would affect as many as it has. I think he may be more open to meatless meals a bit more often now.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.


  1. I must admit that I do try to prepare some non-meat containing meals these days, partly due to the expense of organic meat that I now try to always use and partly as I think the non-meat proteins that I use instead, are probably better for us. To be honest, no one seems to notice the difference, so I will continue for as long as I can get away with it.

  2. It does take them a while...a few years back I got complaints about Taco Soup and Spaghetti with veggie sauce as well as vegetarian Lasagna...now, Honey Bear asks me if I have to have meat every meal. The answer is no but I like fish or chicken instead most of the time...
    I use dried cherries in green salads..We've never had Cherry harvests here, though, must be the climate.
    Mama Bear

  3. I have been thinking about getting a dehydrator (used of course)